Sedalia to Clifton City
Points of Interest
Clifton City, the next trail head east, is 11.7 miles by way of the old rail corridor. Due to an undeveloped section of trail immediately east of here, some travel over city streets is required, adding slightly to that distance. The grade is steadily downhill to Shaver Creek at milepost 218.6, the lowest point on this stretch at an elevation of 710 feet.
The designated route rejoins the historic MKT corridor at Boonville Street (milepost 225.8). This site was near the western terminus of Katy Trail State Park prior to 1999, when trail construction to Clinton was completed. Three-quarters of a mile beyond Griessen Road, the trail enters the Shaver Creek valley and continues alongside the permanent stream for the next five miles.
The rail community of Beaman and State Highway O are reached at milepost 221. The community was named after J.W. Beeman, appointed Pettis County Judge in 1865, and who once lived half a mile west of town. The community rarely consisted of more than a post office, depot and Christian church, all of which are gone.
As you near Clifton City, notice a change from the more open landscape of the Osage Plains to the rolling and occasionally rugged terrain of the Ozark Border. Pastures, crop lands and woods intermingle.
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Milepost 218 The MKT
DNR file photo.
Milepost 221 Beaman was an agricultural shipping point on the Katy. A stockyard was located next to the depot.
Map used by permission, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia. DNR file photo.
Sedalia's Rag Tag Train (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sedalia.
Erected by Missouri State Parks.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Katy Trail State Park marker series.
Location. 38° 42.446′ N, 93° 13.266′ W. Marker is in Sedalia, Missouri, in Pettis County. Marker is at the intersection of Thompson Avenue and 4th Street, on the left when traveling south on Thompson Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at the Katy Trail kiosk at the Katy Depot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 East 3rd Street, Sedalia MO 65301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of Sedalia (here, next to this marker); Sedalia Points of Interest (here, next to this marker); Sedalia to Green Ridge (here, next to this marker); Katy Trail State Park 25th Anniversary (a few steps from this marker); Katy Depot (within shouting
Also see . . . Katy Trail State Park. (Submitted on July 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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